An Egyptian judo athlete has been reprimanded and sent home after refusing to shake his Israeli opponent’s hand, Olympic officials said.
The International Olympic Committee says Islam El Shehaby received a “severe reprimand” for his behavior after his first-round heavyweight bout loss to Or Sasson last Friday.
When Sasson extended his hand, El Shehaby backed away, shaking his head. The 34-year-old El Shehaby was called back to the mat by the referee and was obliged to bow; he gave a quick nod and was loudly booed as he exited.
The Egyptian’s conduct “was contrary to the rules of fair play and against the spirit of friendship embodied in the Olympic values,” The IOC said.
The IOC says the Egyptian Olympic Committee also “strongly condemned” El Shehaby’s actions “and has sent him home.”